YMMV / Chowder

  • Base-Breaking Character: Panini. Some find her Yandere attitude to be ridiculously funny, while others are hugely turned off by the Double Standard she invokes.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Chowder's "I just wanted to be a chef so bad that I got carried away and tried to kill everyone in the process." (Beat). "Again."
    • Fifty years ago, Mung got a Queen Meach away from her Soldier Meach guards and made her into a pie. In response, the Soldiers got into his workplace and beat him up. And again the next day. And again, in the bathroom. This went on for twenty-five years. It wasn't even the pie that annoyed them-they didn't bother him until after he ate it (they lampshade this with a bit of unrestrained relief when the guy who commissioned the pie they make in the current episode takes it home).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Shnitzel - Just about every Chowder commercial is about him.
    • Chestnut. Deekaloo, deekalee...
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • "Paint the Town", it ends with Chowder running away from the problem he caused.
    • The finale arguably contains one. Panini marrying Chowder implies that all the stalking and harrassment she did throughout the series was okay and paid off in the end.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: Some fics that take place in the future seen in the show's Grand Finale depict Chowder's marriage to Panini as unhappy, given Panini's stalker tendencies and lack of reason for the pairing other than "destiny", seeing it as an Esoteric Happy Ending.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and Total Drama Island as these 3 shows are often considered to be the highlights of the infamous CN Real era.
  • Ho Yay: Surprisingly, quite a bit between Mung and Shnitzel.
    Mung: Diet?! I'm quite proud of my girlish figure, thank you! I caught you staring, Shnitzel.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Seasonal Rot: Most of the fandom believes that the first season was the best, with the following two seeing a decline in quality.
    • The final season of Chowder is often cricticized by fans thanks to Flanderization of a number of characters (such as Chowder's lack of an indoor voice and smarts, Panini's stalkerness reaching disturbing levels, etc.), the Fourth Wall gags becoming overused, and in general just not being nearly as clever or charming as the earlier episodes.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Many a Shout-Out and Homage features one, including the memorable reference to Katamari Damacy.
    • The episode "Big Ball" featured a Jimmy Hart version of the FOX Sports theme.
    • In "Chowder Grows Up", Chowder's song is MIGHTY familiar to those that remember the old Toy's R Us jingle.
    • The Exchanges Song ("This for that/And Those for these/And These for Those...") is one for the Modern Major General Song.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: True enough to its 70s homages, Chowder is pretty much what you get when you mix popular drugs from that era with a cooking show from The Food Network (in its pre-Food Porn era).
  • Uncanny Valley: It's not hard to see why Mung was so horrified by the dancing Minotaur baby that appeared in "The Deadly Maze".
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Ceviché's a boy, despite his girly pink hair and leotard. Most people don't become aware of this until Chowder states his gender more than halfway in the series.